NBA News and Notes Saturday 11/8

NBA News and Notes Saturday 11/8

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Saturday, Nov. 8

Miami at New Orleans (8 p.m. EST). All-Star guards and U.S. Olympic teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul go head-to-head as the Hornets try to avoid a third straight loss following a 3-0 start.

STARS

Friday

— Devin Harris, Nets, scored a career-high 38 points in New Jersey’s 103-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

— Dwyane Wade, Heat, had 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as Miami beat the San Antonio Spurs 99-83.

— Mike Bibby, Hawks, scored all of his 19 points in the first half and added 12 assists in Atlanta’s 110-92 rout of the Toronto Raptors.

— LeBron James, Cavaliers, had 27 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and four blocked shots to help Cleveland beat the Indiana Pacers 111-107.

— Paul Pierce, Celtics, had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Boston beat the undermanned Milwaukee Bucks 101-89.

— Jason Richardson and Raymond Felton, Bobcats, each scored 20 points as Charlotte held on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 92-89.

— Ron Artest, Rockets, scored 23 points in Houston’s 92-83 victory over the winless Los Angeles Clippers.

HURTING SPURS

San Antonio, already without Manu Ginobili, will be without Tony Parker for at least two weeks after he sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of a 99-83 loss to the Miami Heat. Parker was leading the NBA in scoring following his career-best, 55-point effort in a double-overtime victory over Minnesota on Wednesday. Ginobili is rehabbing his own ankle injury that will cost him the first quarter of the season.

WELCOME HOME

Chauncey Billups made a triumphant return to his hometown with 15 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 108-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He was honored with an ovation before the game, then just before tipoff grabbed a microphone and addressed the capacity crowd. There was a video tribute to him at the end of the first quarter, including shots of students at his former elementary, middle and high schools all welcoming him back, not to mention the players at the University of Colorado.

A GRAND ACHIEVEMENT

Jerry Sloan became the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one team when the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-97. Utah fans chanted “Jerry Sloan!” and “Jer-ry! Jer-ry!” at the end in honor of the coach, who is 1,000-596 with the Jazz. Sloan’s overall coaching record is 1,094-717 with the Jazz and Chicago Bulls.

SUN DOWN

Shaquille O’Neal took a seat in the Phoenix Suns’ 100-83 loss at Chicago, part of a plan to rest him periodically throughout the season during back-to-back sets. O’Neal is expected back in the lineup Saturday at Milwaukee.

WINLESS WIZARDS

Washington is off to another bad start, falling to 0-4 with a 114-108 loss to the New York Knicks. The Wizards started 0-5 last season, a record they will try to avoid matching when they visit the Orlando Magic on Saturday.

DOUBLING UP

Andris Biedrins had 23 points and 12 rebounds in Golden State’s 109-104 loss to Memphis. It’s the 13th consecutive double-double by Biedrins, the longest active streak in the NBA and the longest by a Warriors player since Nate Thurmond had 13 straight in 1973.

BRAD’S BACK

Brad Miller had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings’ 121-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was the first appearance this season for Miller, who missed the first five games for violating the NBA’s drug policy program.

SPEAKING

“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what to say.”—Tim Duncan, after the Spurs’ latest injury, Tony Parker’s sprained left ankle in a 99-83 loss to Miami. Parker will miss at least two weeks, joining Manu Ginobili on the sidelines.

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New Jersey Nets vs. Indiana Pacers

The Nets got down early but fought back to earn a 103-96 upset victory over the Pistons on Friday, as 7.5-point underdogs. The combined 199 points made it OVER the posted total of 191.

Devin Harris dropped a game-high 33 points to spark the Nets, while Josh Boone and Vince Carter had 18 points apiece in the win.

The Pacers exploded for 40 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cavaliers 111-107 on Friday, as 8.5-point underdogs. The 218 points sailed OVER the posted total of 193.

Danny Granger led the way with a game-high 33 points, and Marquis Daniels chipped in with 17 points in the win.

Current streak:
Indiana has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
New Jersey: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
Indiana: 1-3 SU, 3-1 ATS

New Jersey most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 4-6
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

Indiana most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Oklahoma City are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 8 of New Jersey's last 9 games when playing Indiana
New Jersey is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Indiana
New Jersey is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Indiana's last 9 games when playing New Jersey
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
New Jersey at Miami, Monday, November 10
Indiana home to Oklahoma City, Monday, November 10


Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic

The Wizards were upset 114-108 by the Knicks last time out, as 5.5-point favorites at home. The combined 222 points sailed OVER the posted total of 210.

Caron Butler scored a game-high 30 points, and Antawn Jamison added 24 in a losing effort.

The Magic jumped out to an early lead and went on to defeat the 76ers 98-88 on Thursday. The Magic covered the 5-point spread, while the 186 points went UNDER the posted total of 193.5.

Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu had 20 points apiece for the Magic, and Jameer Nelson added 16 in the win.

Current streak:
Washington has lost 4 straight games.
Orlando has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Washington: 0-4 SU, 1-3 ATS
Orlando: 3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS

Washington most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Utah are 1-9
After playing New York are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Orlando most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing Orlando
Washington is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Orlando is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing Washington
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Orlando is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Utah, Wednesday, November 12
Orlando home to Portland, Monday, November 10


Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Hornets

Dwyane Wade just missed a triple-double as he netted 33 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in leading the Heat to a 99-83 victory over the Spurs on Friday, as 6.5-point underdogs. The 182 points went UNDER the posted total of 189.

Michael Beasley chipped in with 20 points, while Udonis Haslem added 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the win.

The Hornets were upset 92-89 by the Bobcats last time out, as 7.5-point favorites on the road. The 181 points went UNDER the night's posted total of 186.

Peja Stojakovic and Chris Paul netted 20 points apiece in the loss for the Hornets.

Current streak:
Miami has won 2 straight games.
New Orleans has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Miami: 3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS
New Orleans: 3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS

Miami most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing New Jersey are 5-5
After playing San Antonio are 6-4
After a win are 1-9

New Orleans most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Charlotte are 8-0
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games when playing at home against Miami
New Orleans is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Miami
New Orleans is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Miami

Next up:
Miami home to New Jersey, Monday, November 10
New Orleans home to LA Lakers, Wednesday, November 12


Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Suns were upended 100-83 by the underdog Bulls last time out, as 4.5-point favorites. The game's 183 points went UNDER the game's posted total of 205.5.

Amare Stoudemire tossed in a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds for the Suns.

The Bucks started well but ended up on the short end of a 101-89 loss to the Celtics on Friday, as 13.5-point underdogs. The 190 points made it the posted total of 184.

Richard Jefferson poured in 20 points for the Bucks, and Charlie Villanueva had 13 points with 12 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

Team records:
Phoenix: 4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS
Milwaukee: 3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS

Phoenix most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

Milwaukee most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Boston are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Phoenix is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
Phoenix is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 9 games when playing Phoenix
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix

Next up:
Phoenix home to Memphis, Monday, November 10
Milwaukee at Cleveland, Tuesday, November 11


Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls

The Cavaliers were upset 111-107 by the Pacers last time out, as 8.5-point favorites at home. The 218 points sailed OVER the posted total of 193.

LeBron James scored 27 points and Maurice Williams added 21 in a losing effort.

The Bulls built up a 14 point lead at the half and rolled to a 100-83 victory over the Suns on Friday, as 4.5-point underdogs. The 183 points went UNDER the game's posted total of 205.5.

Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 23 points, four rebounds and six assists, while Derrick Rose added 18 in the win.

Current streak:
Cleveland has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS
Chicago: 3-3 SU, 4-2 ATS

Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Phoenix are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

A few trends to consider:
Cleveland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Cleveland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games at home
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chicago is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games

Next up:
Cleveland home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, November 11
Chicago home to Atlanta, Tuesday, November 11


Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Kevin Love had 20 points and eight rebounds in the Timberwolves 121-109 loss to the Kings last time out. The Timberwolves were 3-point road underdogs in that game, while the 230 points sailed OVER the posted total of 199.5.

The Trail Blazers stumbled in the fourth quarter, but managed to scrape out a 101-99 victory over the Rockets in OT on Thursday. The Trail Blazers won the game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 200 points sailed OVER the posted total of 183.5.

LaMarcus Aldridge shot 12-for-20 from the field with 27 points and nine rebounds.

Current streak:
Minnesota has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Minnesota: 1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS
Portland: 2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Golden State are 2-8
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Portland most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Orlando are 5-5
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Portland is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Golden State, Tuesday, November 11
Portland at Orlando, Monday, November 10

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Hot Teams
-- Orlando won its last three games, by 18-3-10 points.
-- Pacers covered three of their first four games, splitting pair at home.
-- Miami won three of its last four games.
-- Cavaliers won four of last five games. Bulls won their first three home games, by 13-10-17 points.
-- Suns won three of their last four games. Bucks covered four of their last five contests.
-- Trailblazers won their first two home games by 1-2 points.

Cold Teams
-- Wizards lost first four games, by 10-8-8ot-6 points.
-- Pacers lost three of their first four games. Nets split their first four.
-- Hornets lost their last two games, scoring 79-89 points.
-- Wolves lost their last four games, by 10-3-4(2ot)-12 points.

Totals
-- Four of five Orlando games stayed under the total.
-- Three of Nets' first four games stayed under the total; over is 3-1 in Indiana's first four games. .
'-- Last four Miami games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last five Chicago games stayed under the total.
-- Last two Milwaukee games both went over the total.
-- Last four Portland games all went over the total.

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WASHINGTON (0 - 4) at ORLANDO (3 - 2)
Top Trends for this game.
ORLANDO is 58-37 ATS (+17.3 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 39-25 ATS (+11.5 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) in November games over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
ORLANDO is 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 48-25 ATS (+20.5 Units) in a road game where where the total is between 195 and 199.5 points since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
ORLANDO is 5-2 against the spread versus WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
ORLANDO is 5-3 straight up against WASHINGTON over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


NEW JERSEY (2 - 2) at INDIANA (1 - 3)
Top Trends for this game.
NEW JERSEY is 34-49 ATS (-19.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 19-32 ATS (-16.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 12-24 ATS (-14.4 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons.
NEW JERSEY is 47-27 ATS (+17.3 Units) in road games off an upset win as an underdog since 1996.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW JERSEY is 6-2 against the spread versus INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
NEW JERSEY is 6-2 straight up against INDIANA over the last 3 seasons
7 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MIAMI (3 - 2) at NEW ORLEANS (3 - 2)
Top Trends for this game.
MIAMI is 36-49 ATS (-17.9 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 58-40 ATS (+14.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 42-27 ATS (+12.3 Units) as a favorite over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 32-18 ATS (+12.2 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 17-5 ATS (+11.5 Units) in a home game where where the total is between 190 and 194.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 22-9 ATS (+12.1 Units) on Saturday games over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 28-12 ATS (+14.8 Units) when playing on back-to-back days over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 42-18 ATS (+22.2 Units) after a non-conference game over the last 3 seasons.
NEW ORLEANS is 40-22 ATS (+15.8 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
MIAMI is 96-68 ATS (+21.2 Units) in road games when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.
MIAMI is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
NEW ORLEANS is 4-0 against the spread versus MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
NEW ORLEANS is 3-1 straight up against MIAMI over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


CLEVELAND (4 - 2) at CHICAGO (3 - 3)
Top Trends for this game.
CHICAGO is 61-37 ATS (+20.3 Units) in home games when playing on back-to-back days since 1996.
CHICAGO is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CHICAGO is 5-4 against the spread versus CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
CHICAGO is 5-4 straight up against CLEVELAND over the last 3 seasons
6 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


PHOENIX (4 - 2) at MILWAUKEE (3 - 3)
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
MILWAUKEE is 3-1 against the spread versus PHOENIX over the last 3 seasons
PHOENIX is 4-0 straight up against MILWAUKEE over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


MINNESOTA (1 - 4) at PORTLAND (2 - 3)
Top Trends for this game.
MINNESOTA is 71-94 ATS (-32.4 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
PORTLAND is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in home games first half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
PORTLAND is 11-0 ATS (+11.0 Units) in home games off an upset win as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
PORTLAND is 7-1 against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
PORTLAND is 6-2 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
6 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 


NEW JERSEY vs. INDIANA
New Jersey is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Indiana
New Jersey is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Indiana
Indiana is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

WASHINGTON vs. ORLANDO
Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Orlando is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games when playing at home against Washington
Orlando is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Washington

MIAMI vs. NEW ORLEANS
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Miami is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
New Orleans is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Miami
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Miami

CLEVELAND vs. CHICAGO
Cleveland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Cleveland
Chicago is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland

PHOENIX vs. MILWAUKEE
Phoenix is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Milwaukee is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix
Milwaukee is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Phoenix

MINNESOTA vs. PORTLAND
Minnesota is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Minnesota is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Portland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

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